CAPE TOWN – Black owned fleet management company Afrirent Holdings has delivered its first set of vehicles to the Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) since securing R1.2 billion contract with the City of Johannesburg last year.
The delivery of the vehicles comes after a battle with Barloworld-owned Avis Fleet Management, which was accused of using bullying tactics in its attempt to muscle out Afrirent from the lucrative 30-month contract.
Avis had two contracts between 2011 and 2016, with one valued at more than R700 million and the other at R1.2bn, yet the latter was extended into 2017 even though it had lapsed.
A leaked Auditor-General’s (AG) report alleges Avis had obtained the contracts unlawfully. Avis has since denied knowledge of the AG’s report. However, a copy of the report was obtained.
Avis is also alleged to have tried to sell their obsolete fleet to Afrirent for R500m, and when they turned down the offer, Afrirent became their target.